After months of speculation, it was confirmed yesterday that Juventus have agreed to sign Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal on a pre-contract agreement in the summer, supposedly beating the likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Liverpool to his signature.
Despite Klopp known to be a keen admirer of Ramsey, according to The Evening Standard, there is one key reason as to why Liverpool passed up on the opportunity to sign the midfielder: his wage demands.
It has long been known that Ramsey’s contract at the Emirates expires at the end of the season, and many of Europe’s elite sides have been sounding out the Welsh international about a potential move.
Klopp held a longstanding interest and was thought to want to bring Ramsey’s energy and dynamism into midfield but was unable to match the stunning £400,000 offered to Ramsey by the Serie A Champions.
These astronomical wages, which in turn will make the Arsenal man the highest-paid British player of all time, were considered unfeasible by Liverpool, as well as Manchester United, and both sides swiftly ended their interest.
Although Ramsey would have arguably made a fine addition to Liverpool’s midfield, it is easy to understand why the Reds passed on the opportunity considering his salary.